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bald

[bawld] /bɔld/
adjective
1.
having little or no hair on the scalp:
a bald head; a bald person.
2.
destitute of some natural growth or covering:
a bald mountain.
3.
lacking detail; bare; plain; unadorned:
a bald prose style.
4.
open; undisguised:
a bald lie.
5.
Zoology. having white on the head:
the bald eagle.
6.
Automotive. (of a tire) having the tread completely worn away.
verb (used without object)
7.
to become bald.
noun
8.
(often initial capital letter) Chiefly South Midland and Southern U.S. a treeless mountaintop or area near the top: often used as part of a proper name.
Origin
1250-1300
1250-1300; Middle English ball(e)d, equivalent to ball white spot (compare Welsh bal, Greek phaliós having a white spot) + -ed -ed3
Related forms
baldish, adjective
baldly, adverb
baldness, noun
half-bald, adjective
semibald, adjective
semibaldly, adverb
semibaldness, noun
Can be confused
bald, balled, bawled.
Synonyms
4. bare, barefaced, flagrant, patent, utter, out-and-out, downright, flat-out.
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Examples for baldness
  • Environmental factors do not seem to affect this type of baldness greatly.
  • It was previously believed that baldness was inherited from the maternal grandfather.
British Dictionary definitions for baldness

bald

/bɔːld/
adjective
1.
having no hair or fur, esp (of a man) having no hair on all or most of the scalp
2.
lacking natural growth or covering
3.
plain or blunt a bald statement
4.
bare or simple; unadorned
5.
Also baldfaced. (of certain birds and other animals) having white markings on the head and face
6.
(of a tyre) having a worn tread
Derived Forms
baldish, adjective
baldly, adverb
baldness, noun
Word Origin
C14 ballede (literally: having a white spot); related to Danish bǣldet, Greek phalaros having a white spot
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Word Origin and History for baldness
bald
c.1300, ballede, probably, with M.E. -ede adjectival suffix, from Celt. bal "white patch, blaze" especially on the head of a horse or other animal (from PIE base *bhel- (1) "to shine, flash, gleam;" see bleach). Cf., from the same root, Skt. bhalam "brightness, forehead," Gk. phalos "white," L. fulcia "coot" (so called for the white patch on its head), Alb. bale "forehead." Bald eagle first attested 1680s.
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baldness in Medicine

bald (bôld)
adj. bald·er, bald·est
Lacking hair on the head.

baldness bald·ness (bôld'nĭs)
n.
The lack of all or a significant part of the hair on the head and sometimes on other parts of the body.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
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baldness in the Bible

from natural causes was uncommon (2 Kings 2:23; Isa. 3:24). It was included apparently under "scab" and "scurf," which disqualified for the priesthood (Lev. 21:20). The Egyptians were rarely subject to it. This probably arose from their custom of constantly shaving the head, only allowing the hair to grow as a sign of mourning. With the Jews artificial baldness was a sign of mourning (Isa. 22:12; Jer. 7:29; 16:6); it also marked the conclusion of a Nazarite's vow (Acts 18:18; 21:24; Num. 6:9). It is often alluded to (Micah 1:16; Amos 8:10; Jer. 47:5). The Jews were forbidden to follow the customs of surrounding nations in making themselves bald (Deut. 14:1).

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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